https://www.duolingo.com/Mel__Carter

Is it a bad idea to "test out" of every skill?

I've started doing this with every skill now, but I don't know whether I should or not. I mainly do it because repeating the whole thing over in the refreshing stage is boring, and losing points because of the timer is bothersome. I use Anki for word and phrase memorisation though, so that probably counteracts any problems caused by testing out... maybe.

Another quick question: Are we supposed to leave time between the lessons and the refreshing stage, or is it okay to just do the whole thing in one go?

March 22, 2013

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff

If you know the material, and it is boring . . . Test out. Go Anki! Yes, it counteracts any problem. (And there's always Memrise!)

If you have time to do the whole thing in one go, why not? Get it done, learn, master, own the material and move on. Just make sure you have fun in the process.

March 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Arjofocolovi

It's better to practice regularly and often, even if it's not much.

Long sessions are exhausting for the brain and are more likely to make you bored of the language.

As for the skills, it doesn't really matter if you prefer to do a different skill every time or just stick with one until you master it. What matters is what you enjoy the most.

And yes I think it's better to leave some time before doing the "refresh" part, but not too much I usually do the "refresh" the day after I finished the first part.

March 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dankegel

Go ahead and test out. I did this for the first N levels. Eventually I hit areas where I needed work, and couldn't test out on first or second try, and settled down to doing the lessons.

Fairly often, I end up giving feedback on things I miss, and my answer ends up getting accepted as correct. Looks like they're crowdsourcing the set of correct answers...

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mel__Carter

Thanks for the replies guys :) I haven't been on in a while :P

June 11, 2013
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